Breed of the Month - October 2014
Bernese Mountain Dog
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Ellen Guy and Jacqueline
Mountain Dog is a large, handsome, tri-colored,
dog that is strong and agile enough to do the
draft and droving work for which they were bred
in the Swiss Canton of Bern. Measured at the
withers, dogs are 25 to 27 ˝ inches; bitches are
23 to 26 inches. Weights of dogs and bitches
generally range from 80-115 and 70-95 pounds,
Bernese Mountain Dog is aristocratic in
appearance, and ancient in lineage. The breed
has long been at home on the farms in the
midland of Switzerland. One of the four
varieties of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Bernese
known in its native land as the Berner
Sennenhund, shares similar distinctive coloring
with other varieties, but is the only one with a
long, silky coat. The other three are the
Appenzeller Sennenhund, the Entlebucher
Sennenhund, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
These dogs worked as drovers and draft dogs as
well as watchdogs in the farmyards mainly in the
Canton of Berne.
The Bernese is an extremely hardy dog, thriving
in cold weather. He needs only a small amount of
daily grooming to maintain his coat. The breed
desires human companionship, and is a willing
and quick learner.
The Bernese Mountain Dog was first brought to
the United States in 1926. The breed acquired
AKC recognition in 1937.
While Bernese Mountain Dogs are beautiful
creatures with a long list of attributes, this
is a strong-willed dog that is not for everyone.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is tri-colored. The
ground color is jet black. The markings are
rich rust and clear white. Symmetry of
markings is desired. Rust appears over each
eye, on the cheeks reaching to at least the
corner of the mouth, on each side of the
chest, on all four legs, and under the tail.
is a white blaze and muzzle band.
marking on the chest typically forms an
inverted cross. The tip of the tail is
When the Bernese Mountain Dog is alert, the
ears are brought forward and raised at the
base; the top of the ear is level with the
top of the skull. The muzzle is strong and
straight. The nose is always black. Before
you decide to make a Berner part of your
family, thoroughly research the breed, talk
to reputable breeders and knowledgeable
website of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of
the Rockies (bmdcr.org) for information on
Berner activities in the Front Range and
consult the Info Series of the Bernese
Mountain Dog Club of America for detailed
information about grooming, training, and
living with a Berner
Dr. Mary Ellen
Guy, Lemark Berners ~ I am a
breeder-owner-handler who has been smitten
with Berners for decades. I started my
breeding program in 1993 and was fortunate
to start with a foundation bitch who was
top-ranked in the show ring and also a top
producer of champions. I am now showing the 6th generation descended from her.
generation: Ch. Lemark Seastars White Gloves
aka Lily wins Owner-Handled Best in Show
Schuck, BernerLee Bernese Mountain Dogs
My husband and I got our
first Bear “Jerry Lee” back in 2000 and it
was true love for us! Now, we are on our 7th
Bear all the way from Switzerland! We could
never imagine our lives without these
beautiful creatures! Currently, we share
our home with 4 very special boys who fill
our lives with so much joy! Life could not
be more complete!
the National Specialty is a thrill
AKC, UKC and International Champion,
“Miss Greta Lee” 2002-2013
CH. Summit’s Look Heart No Hands
generation of Lemark Berners - "Smudge"
up close and personal.
Oliver Lee, NestLee and the new kid, Prince
Photo by April Vawter
Puppies . . Puppies . . Puppies
Albert Lee. 16 weeks (this weekend)Photo
by April Vawter
Prince Albert Lee. 12 weeks
Albert Lee. 15 weeks
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